Government efforts in tracking traffic robber got a boost as RRS operatives spread across the state have again arrested another suspect
As part of efforts by Lagos StateGovernor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to ensure the safety ￼￼of lives and properties in the state and its environs, the operatives of Rap- id Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, have appre- hended, one Timothy Ojomandu, 22, alleged to be a member of 3-man syn- dicate who hide under traffic gridlock to attack and rob law abiding motor- ists around Mile 2 area in the state. Confirming the arrest, the Com- mander of the RRS, Assistant Com- missioner of Police, ACP, Olatunji Disu, said, “Some RRS riders who were on patrol routine around that axis, weres informed by the truck’s driver about the incident, and the suspect was arrested and taken to the RRS headquarters immediately”. ￼
The suspect was caught in the act Monday, by a team of policemen from RRS, who responded to a distress call by the driver of Mitsubishi Canter with registration number, FKJ 676 XF, af- ter the suspect and his gang members had successfully stolen one carton of cell battery from the truck which was fully loaded with the product. The suspect, who confessed to the crime, said that he was just being recruited into the group about two months ago.
The lorry driver, Mr.Ajiboye Moga- ji, who accompanied the suspect to the RRS Headquarters at Alausa, told the police that he sighted the suspect from the side mirror of his vehicle when he jumped into the truck and removed the carton. “Our robbery syndicate was in the habit of stealing handsets and other valuables from pedestrians and mo- torists during the peak period of traffic congestion along the area.
According to him, “When I saw him sneaking-in to my truck, I pre- tended as if I didn’t see him.
I was a bus conductor before Victor Chibowu, our gang leader, introduced me to the act of theft. On the fateful day, I, Victor and Richard went to Mile 2, looking for our would-be vic- tims. On getting to the spot, we saw one truck fully loaded with cell batter- ies heading towards Ijora, and it was held up in the traffic. “
I now got the opportunity to enter inside the truck from behind. I succeeded in removing one carton of the battery and passed it to my partner walking beside me, and in the process to pass another one, the driver showed up and held me tight by my trousers before he handed me over to the Police but my other colleagues were able to run away with one carton of the battery”, he confessed.
While inside the truck, he passed one carton to his partner who was moving beside the vehicle. As soon as I saw him passing one carton to his partner I rushed down on motion. “When his partner saw me alighting from the vehicle he absconded with that one carton, and I held the sus- pect by his trousers when he wanted to jump down from the truck. Then, I shouted for help and the Policemen from RRS who were patrolling the area responded swiftly,” he explained.
The suspect, who hails from Isseke Local Government Area in Anambra State, disclosed their receiver as Mr. Gawo, who owns a shops at Tin-Can Island, Apapa in the state. • Ojomandu with a carton of one of the stolen battery He further thanked the Policemen for coming to his rescue at the appro- priate time before the suspect could escape.
“We do sell all our stolen goods to him. He operates many shops at Tin-Can Island. Though, Victor was the one who usually takes the stolen goods to him after each operation”, the suspect added.
The suspect has been transferred to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for further investigation.